Board of Directors FAQ

The GALA Board of Directors is composed of volunteer members who are elected by the GALA membership. Here you will find our General Election FAQs and the Candidate FAQs

Please consult GALA's Bylaws and the GALA Board Eligibility, Qualifications, and Duties document to learn more or contact us at [email protected].

General Election FAQs

What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is the authority responsible for the governance of GALA. As the governing body, the Board establishes policy, and monitors implementation of policy, by GALA’s staff under the direction of the Executive Director.

When do the Board elections occur?

The Call for Candidates is issued in September and is announced via email, the GALA website, and social platforms. Voting takes place annually in October/November.

Who can vote?

All member organizations at GALA have voting rights. Each member organization receives one ballot, distributed to the designated voting contact. The designated voting contact is confirmed each year prior to the ballot distribution.

How is the election administered?

The election is administered through Survey Monkey, an online survey tool GALA uses for all of its surveys and elections. The candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected.

What precautions are in place to avoid voter fraud?

Ballots are uniquely tied to emails of the voting contacts, and only one vote is allowed per email. GALA staff reviews the results to ensure no organization places more than one ballot.

Can a candidate's organization vote for their candidate?

Yes! Your organization's designated voting contact may vote for the candidate from their own organization. If the candidate is the voting contact, they may vote for themself.

Who has access to the results?

Only GALA staff has access to the voting data. At the conclusion of the voting period, the current Board of Directors receives a tally of the aggregate results.

What happens if there is a tie vote?

In the case of a tie for any position, the sitting Board of Directors will select from the tied candidates as the new Director.

How are the results announced?

Results are announced by email and shared on GALA's website in November/December.

Candidate FAQs

Please review the queries below to learn more about becoming a candidate.

What are the requirements to be a candidate for the Board of Directors?

Candidates must be a current member of GALA, with 3 years of membership (need not be with the same member organization). Candidates should be at the mid- to senior-level professional with a minimum of 5 years of industry experience. Candidates must have the endorsement of their employer.

How many positions are open?

GALA has 7 individuals serving on our Board. The number of directors alternates annually, so that 3 directors are elected one year and 4 are elected the following year.

What do I need to submit my candidacy?

You will need a GALA user profile to complete the online submission form. This form will request a headshot to use in all candidate materials, a biography, and a personal statement (see the form for specific prompts). Please comply to the designated word counts. You will receive the prepared materials for review and minor editing prior to publication.

What happens once I submit the candidacy form?

Staff will review your application to ensure you are eligible. We will begin preparing your candidate webpage and materials. You will receive the prepped page for review and any notes from Alicia Deadrick (membership & engagement manager). Once GALA makes the official announcement of candidates, you may start your campaign.

What are the campaign guidelines?

GALA promotes all candidates equally via email and social media. GALA does not distribute any “campaign” e-mails to the membership on behalf of the candidates or share mailing lists. However, you are welcome to get in touch with your personal contacts directly. We also encourage you to share your candidacy on social media sites and at industry events. Please do not distribute any emails or links to the candidate pages until after the official GALA announcement.

Can a candidate's organization vote for their candidate?

Yes! Your organization's designated voting contact may vote for the candidate from their own organization. If the candidate is the voting contact, they may vote for themself.

What are the officer positions and how are they decided?

The Board of Directors consists of the four required officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. The other three positions are determined according to the association's needs at that time. The elected Directors will vote amongst themselves who will serve in each position during the first Board meeting of the year in January.

How long can I serve on the Board?

A term lasts for 2 years, starting 01 January through 31 December the following year. Members of the Board may serve no more than 2 consecutive terms.